The lengthy saga of Chris Paul came to a Hollywood ending on Wednesday, with the NBA approving a deal that saw the Hornets sending Paul and two second-round picks to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for shooting guard Eric Gordon, forward Al-Farouq Aminu and center Chris Kaman, along with the Minnesota Timberwolves' first-round pick in the 2012 draft.
The deal ended days of false starts for deals involving Paul, most notably, a trade that would have sent him to the Lakers for Lamar Odom, Luis Scola and Kevin Martin that was vetoed by NBA commissioner David Stern.
Paul, 26, is a four-time All-Star who averaged 18.7 points and 9.8 assists a game in 2010-11. Gordon, 22, averaged 22.3 points per game a year ago, while Kaman averaged 12.4 points and 7.0 rebounds a night, though he was limited to 32 games due to injury.
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The Bruins picked up their third straight win Wednesday, defeating the Senators, 5-2, on a two-goal night from Daniel Paille.
Rich Peverley got the B's on the board in the first period, but Daniel Alfredsson tied the game 4:23 into the second period. Patrice Bergeron and Paille scored breakaway goals in a 56-second span in the third period, and Jason Spezza made it a 4-2 game when he beat Tim Thomas stick-side for his 10th goal of the season. Paille added his second of the game with just over a minute remaining, beating Craig Anderson with a bomb over the netminder's glove.
The B's had better hope Zdeno Chara is ready for Saturday, because it looks like Adam McQuaid has a suspension coming. McQuaid extended his left leg to knee Senators' forward Nick Foligno in the second period, and Ottawa defenseman Jared Cowen went after McQuaid following the dirty play. McQuaid was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct.
The B's now have...
WALTHAM -- Three of the Celtics' top six rotation players missed yet another practice due to health concerns, as Jeff Green is still awaiting the results of a medical reexamination, Rajon Rondo missed most of a third straight day with a sprained ankle and Pierce's aggravated heel kept him out for the second time in three days.
Perhaps the biggest concern is the continued absence of Green, who is still waiting to be cleared after his initial physical raised a red flag. The C's forward shot baskets before and after Tuesday's Media Day session, saying he thought it was "just fatigue" and didn't expect any major holdup to finalizing his one-year, $9 million deal....
Red Sox hitting coach Dave Magadan was a guest on Rob Bradford's podcast this week. Magadan was asked about the second-half power struggles of Adrian Gonzalez, as the first baseman hit just 10 home runs in 70 games after the All-Star Break. Magadan feels the lack of power from Gonzalez was due to several factors.
"When you are spending the offseason trying to rehab from a major surgery [labrum of right shoulder in October 2010] like that, you know, I think he got to spring training and continued his rehab in spring training, didn't start hitting until the middle of March, I think it wore on him as the season went on," Magadan said. "And when he went to the All-Star Game and took all those swings [in home run derby], that amount of fatigue on his body and in general, he was different when he came back. I know he doesn't concur with that, doesn't agree with it, but I saw a difference in his swing. As the second-half started to wear on...
FOXBORO -- Tom Brady and Vince Wilfork were listed as limited at practice on Wednesday as the Patriots released their practice report Wednesday - their first day of practice in advance of Tim Tebow and the Broncos. In both cases, the team listed Brady and Wilfork as limited but not injury-related. Sebastian Vollmer and Patrick Chung were the only absentees from practice, held in sweats and shells on the upper practice fields. Wednesday's complete injury report is as follows:
Did Not Participate:
OT Sebastian Vollmer (back, foot)
S Patrick Chung (foot)
QB Tom Brady (not injury related)
NT Vince Wilfork (not injury related)
CB Kyle Arrington (foot)
S Patrick Chung (foot)
C Dan Connolly (groin)
WR Julian Edelman (back)
LB Dane Fletcher (thumb)
S James Ihedigbo (shoulder)
CB Devin McCourty (shoulder)
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.
Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.
Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.
Christian recaps the Red Sox 5-2 victory over Cleveland.
Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox DH, who almost hit for the cycle in the win over the Indians at Fenway.
Torey joins Mike and Rob to discuss the last week for the Red Sox, Joe Kelly's awesome performance last night, if Clay Buchholz can figure things out, David Ortiz and more.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Kirk rants about Gerry being Corporate Callahan and commands Paul to shut Gerry's mic off.
Brady lawyer, Ted Olson, speaks about the latest Deflategate news on GMA and Gerry reads Larry King's latest Kings Things.
Ortiz, Bogaerts, and Jackie Bradley Jr are all MVP candidates. Chili Davis should be too.
The guys start off the show talking about the latest Deflategate news and recap a full weekend of Red Sox action against the Indians.
Joe Kelly threw 6.2 no-hit innings in his first start since returning from the DL on Saturday, and Lou gets very exciting thinking about Joe Kelly and his potential.
DeMaurice Smith, the head of the NFL PA spoke out about why Tom Brady and his team are filing another appeal, and the guys break down what the latest Deflategate news means for Brady going forward.
We discuss the latest developments in the story that won't die (Deflategate) with the great Michael McCann of SI and UNH law school.
We discuss Joe Kelly's triumphant return from the DL, and why Michael isn't ready to back off of his stance on the pitcher just yet.
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss the Celtics options with the third pick in the upcoming NBA draft, plus talk a little NBA semi-finals as we await word on whether Draymond Green will be suspended.
In the latest It Is What It Is podcast, Chris Price talks with Comcast’s Phil Perry about the latest Deflategate news, what’s next for Tom Brady and what chance he might have when it comes to playing in the opener. The two also take a look at some guys on the roster bubble and which rookies have the best chance of having an impact in 2016 and beyond.
Former New England Football Pro Christian Fauria and one of Boston's premier sports medicine doctors and orthopedic surgeons to the pro's, Dr. Thomas Gill of Steward Health Care, discuss some of the recent injuries that have plagued the Boston Red Sox and how you can avoid similar injuries in your everyday life.
Rob Bradford sits down with both former Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell and current Sox three-bagger, Travis Shaw, for an in-depth discussion on what it's like to be a 6-foot-3, starting third baseman in Boston.
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